It’s a topic that has divided generations, with some of the earliest recorded cases of chair rustling dating back to the 16th century, when British sailors sailed off the coast of Australia to find food.
Now, scientists are coming up with a theory for why people love to sit on old chairs: They’re functional, so you can sit around them for hours.
“When you sit on a chair it’s like you’re in a place you can just relax and be,” said researcher, Dr. James Steeve, a professor of anthropology at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.
I’m here to make something useful.’ “
When you get up to sit down, it’s a way to say, ‘I’m not here to be entertained anymore.
Steeve said the chair rustlers we see in museums and in modern homes are the result of a phenomenon called diffusion, in which a material (usually wood) is rubbed off from a surface to make a new one (usually metal). “
And then, after a while, you can go out and have a walk, take a break, do something else.”
Steeve said the chair rustlers we see in museums and in modern homes are the result of a phenomenon called diffusion, in which a material (usually wood) is rubbed off from a surface to make a new one (usually metal).
The idea behind diffusion is that, as the material is rubbed, the material can get to a higher temperature.
As it cools, the rustling can take place.
“If it’s going to rust and become rust, it’ll start to rub it off in a more localized way,” Steeves said.
“So it will rub the wood a little bit, but the rust will get to the metal and you can’t just pick it up and use it.”
And, Steeves theory is that rustling chairs have a certain aesthetic appeal.
“They’re like sculptures,” Stueves said, “like you could sit on one and it would be like an art piece.
So people are attracted to chairs with that.”
And while the chair-rusting theory is fascinating, it doesn’t explain why people keep sitting on old ones, says professor Andrew Sugg.
That’s because the theory only applies to chairs that have been sitting on the floor for a long time, and even then, the wood is usually still relatively solid, so it can still be worn down, he said.
“That’s because wood doesn’t deteriorate over time,” Sugg said.
But it could be a better explanation for why chairs rust, he added.
“Wood is very hard to rust, so a chair that has been sitting for a very long time is likely to have a more durable wood surface than one that hasn’t sat that long.”